Varkyland

Art, Women in the arts

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Varkyland
is the name of my new Etsy shop. Varky is the name my bird gave me. Varky is an abstraction or is it extraction (I never get it right) of Lover and Kitty. Lover is the name the bird has given to my husband. Kitty is the first word Cucuy learned from me and yes, it does mean kitty as in cats.

Lover-Kitty was the name she first bestowed upon me, affiliating me with “Lover” and the kitties. Because Cucuy is a macaw and they are the lazy talkers of the bird world, Lover-Kitty shortly thereafter became Laverky. And after a few months was shortened up even more to Varky.

And Varky I have been for, gosh, about 20 years now.

Varkyland came about today because I have an inventory of posters and other prints that I really want to get into the hands of someone else besides me and the bird and the cats.

My first set off offerings is the As Above, So Below posters. I’ll be adding more products in the coming days. Do take a look. This is an easy and affordable way to grab some of my limited edition prints.

Varkyland is open and ready for you.

Mentorly Yours

Art, Mentorship, Women in the arts, women's issues


Always looking for way to help out other artists, I was recently added to the Mentorly roster of mentors. You may have read about them recently in Artsy.

Mentorly also has scholarships for mentoring sessions for those on really tight budgets.

Most of all, I want to help you be the best artist you can be, whether that’s about pushing your skills and creative processes into new territory or perhaps to provide you a safe place to sort out ideas, I want to help you.

Caveat: I look a this as a “we are all in this together” process. I’m still a working artist and learning all the time. I hope that through my experiences I can give you worthwhile, actionable ideas to help you grow.

If you would like to schedule a session please visit me here:
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Room 308, Save The Date

Art, art collecting, Events, Fairs, fine art, pop art, Women in the arts

You’ve been a fan for a while. Or perhaps you were waiting to see where my work would go. Now’s the time to come and check it out. This is also a great opportunity to get your hands on your favorite works, before prices go up.

Meeting you in person will make my day!

January 26 – 28, 2017

The Kinney Venice Beach
737 West Washington Blvd.
Venice, CA 90292

Public Hours:
Friday January 26, 2–10 pm
Saturday January 27, 12–9 pm
Sunday January 28, 12 – 7 pm

Coming Attractions

Art, art collecting, Fairs, fine art, pop art, Women in the arts

Come see my series As Above, So Below at the stARTup Art Fair in January.

The fair runs from January 26 through January 28, 2018.

Location:
The Kinney Venice Beach
737 West Washington Blvd, Venice, CA.

Show Hours And Special Events

Friday, January 26: Noon – 10 pm
Press Preview/Vip 1st Look Preview: Noon – 2 pm
Guided room tours and special Opening Day Events: 2 pm – 6 pm
Opening Night Party: 7 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, January 27: Noon – 9 pm
Art Conversations and Special Projects throughout the afternoon

Sunday, January 28: Noon – 7 pm
Art Conversations and Special Projects throughout the afternoon

 

Pink Buddha Dot Pink

Art, art brute, fine art, pop art

It’s funny how when we become open to seeing what is right in front of us the fog lifts and the mountains appear. I remember years ago, I moved into my current home under duress. I had been a victim of gang violence and was forced to move out of a community I had considered home. (I don’t like reliving details, so don’t ask me to. Ever. Please.)

About two weeks after we had moved in, I was still sort of depressed about the whole state of the move. My husband was getting ready to leave for work when he called me to come see something. He was on the front porch, it was October going into November, the smog had cleared out of the valleys, and there they were the San Gabriel mountains.

It is was an impressive view that morning. In the two weeks I had been in the new house, I was so caught up in the stress and boxes that I didn’t even notice this mountain range right in front of me.

This is a metaphor for me and my processes, I think. It was suggested recently that I consider creating a vehicle to help me with my career trajectory. Create new rituals, stop falling back on doing the same stuff. It was also suggested that I consider using materials that aren’t necessarily art related. Think about doing bigger larger scale things. How big can I go.

And it’s funny, because while I successfully funded the As Above, So Below project, I rarely can garner traction with my “normal” art works. But, Pink Buddha has a lot of interesting stuff happening and has shown up in other people’s art projects and there are some very big and exciting things coming down the pike. The vehicle is PB.

Sidebar: A recurring dream in which I lose my purse and wallet and identity and bank cards and keys resolved itself recently too. In the dream I was saying something to a guy in a kilt about not being worried about the bank cards and the I.D., those were easily replaced, I was concerned about finding my keys. He suggested I go back to the car and look for them. And I went back to the car which was a hybrid between a VW bug and vintage Mustang. The keys were on the passenger seat. The keys to the vehicle.

Second Sidebar: I did a self portrait years ago, pre PB, with my then 68 VW bug. I called it the Great Vocho. In the image I reference “The Great Vehicle” of Buddhism. Funny how the universe or the Cosmos or my goofy brain works.

Anyway, Pink Buddha has its own website. I’ve made a few decisions lately about what my objective is with PB, and it looks like a lot of fun is going to be had in the coming year. The kind of fun, that I hope will grant me some real creative freedom, aka, expansion into new territory for both myself and the Pink One. Buckle your seat belts…

 

Perks, Prints In Production

Art, art collecting, Crowdfunding, fundraising, pop art, Women in the arts

Perks are in production! ETA late next week. Shipping begins the following week.

In the coming days, I’ll be working on the production for the actual fine art prints. Thankfully, I left myself some production notes along the way regarding output issues like banding in gradients. Specifically the way I make clouds. A good thing happened along the way to producing this series and we figured out I had a banding problem early on when my then mentor asked for a set of images at full size. Banding happens from time to time when you pull a gradient from the Illustrator platform into the Photoshop platform.

It was an expensive lesson in giclee output limitations and what to do about it, but a good one. (Yeah, it’s tax deductible, baby!)

No, I won’t work Photoshop native, get over it. I’m all about the vectors. (That’s a size joke, btw.)

There is still time to grab yourself a little astrological art treat. No tricks. No sugar, no fillers, vegetarian, eco-friendly too! Seriously, if you were ambivalent about the Hatchfund campaign, but saw something you liked, now is a great time to grab it.
It is tax-deductible and you deserve a gift that gives more than once.

The As Above, So Below campaign ends, November 8.

We did it.

Art, art collecting, Crowdfunding, fine art, fundraising, pop art, Women in the arts

Above, Pink Buddha celebrates by doing the Anchovy Dance.

That’s right, we did it. The As Above, So Below campaign funded at $5801, thanks to three angels stepping up and tipping the scales.

I’ve learned a great deal about myself, getting out of my own way, and out of my comfort zone. I’ve also learned some invaluable insights about how even my are is not all about me, me, me. Rather, it is about how your life may be enriched by having a relationship with the work and then perhaps with the me, the artist.

Because the initial goal was attained, I’ve been granted an extra 30 days to reach what is called my “stretch goal.” This is actually the full budget of the campaign based on being able to engage enough donors to reap the entire inventory of perks or thank you gifts. The campaign is taking donations until November 8, 2017.

Pretty cool.

I’m still in awe of the support I didn’t know I had. And my gratitude runs deep.

Now, it’s on to what I think is the fun part. Production for the perks and production for the actual art project itself. I’m looking forward to sending out the perks, it reminds me of Xmas.

I’ve also sent in my application for the stARTup art fair and suppose I’ll be hearing back some time in mid to late November. It’s curated, so there may be a possibility that I don’t get in to the L.A. show. We’ll see.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working on laying out the ground work for a new series, completed two more “mudras” and started the text for a graphic novel about cats.

There is still time to grab some really fun perks. Here’s the link: www.hatchfund.org/project/as_above_so_below